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Trina and Jeff Horner’s garden – #32

Walnut Creek

Lot size: 2,550 sq. ft. front, 5,175 back gardens and 375 sq. ft side garden, 80% native

Garden Age: Garden was installed in the fall of 2013

Years on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: New this year!

Trina and Jeff wanted to use less water, have a low-maintenance and visually interesting garden, and they expressed an interest in bunchgrasses. The Team at Four Dimensions designed and installed the garden the Horner’s wanted, and the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s Lawn and Irrigation Conversion Rebate program helped foot the bill to remove more than 3,500 sq feet of lawn and install a water-conserving drip irrigation system.

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• The flat site presented challenges for storm-water drainage. The solution was to keep water onsite to gradually soak into the soil, both recharging groundwater reserves, and lessening the erosive impact on local creeks. Check out rush-planted rain garden in the back, which collects water from the downspouts.

• The garden is watered with Netafim, an efficient and sturdy drip irrigation product. • Decomposed granite paths and geometric slabs of flagstone wend through the garden.

• Monkeyflower, currants, ferns, coffeeberry, and snowberry thrive in the shady back garden. • Drop down into one of the seating areas and enjoy the view of this peaceful garden.

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Owls, swallows, and hummingbirds flit through the garden. Bees are drawn to the sages, manzanitas, and California lilac.

Garden Talks

11:00 “Water conserving techniques for the home garden: We will discuss water harvesting and storage, distribution and appropriate irrigation methods, retention of water in soils, and utilization with proper plant choices and sensible horticultural methods. ” by the Four Dimensions design team

Plant list

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